Talking Paul George with Mico Halili and CNN Philippines

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Still, the Celtics need to carve out more room under the salary cap before the Hayward-George dream can materialize. The Celtics hope to receive a commitment from Hayward, who will be a free agent, before then moving the requisite pieces to IN to add George.

However, the Celtics believe they can sway him away from L.A.by putting together a roster worthy of dethroning the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference.

Still, the reports indicate that the Cleveland Cavaliers will not give up in their ongoing pursuit of Paul George. "Indiana has been focused on trying to complete a deal with Boston for George, league sources told The Vertical". The two sides were getting close to a deal on draft night but they were unable to get a third team sufficiently involved to reach an agreement.

The 27-year-old George has let the Pacers know that he'll be opting out of his contract following the 2017-18 season and would prefer to play with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Pacers head of basketball ops Kevin Pritchard says he's going to be patient as he looks for the right deal, and the Celtics, even if they can reach an agreement in principle with in, will want to see what they can do in their free agent quest for Gordon Hayward before executing a move for George or anyone else. Reports also say a trade involving those three teams is now unlikely to happen.

Here's the latest on the potential blockbuster trade.

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Part of that plan includes the 2017 NBA Draft, and IN used the 18th overall selection on UCLA power forward T.J.

But for George to end up with the Cavs, the Pacers want something huge in exchange and ESPN said in is not talking about Kevin Love.

A Paul George trade is still very much likely to happen before the start of the 2017-18 National Basketball Association season.

Good luck to any of us in finding out how far along these "discussions" are at this point, and if one of the reasons they're out there is hopes for the Celtics and/or Lakers to boost their offers to in for Paul George.

Pacers president Kevin Pritchard, speaking to local reporters after Thursday night's draft, referred to the recent disclosure from Mintz regarding George's refusal to stay in IN beyond next season as "a total gut punch".

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